OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- The way Creighton dominated Saint Joseph's made the 11th-ranked Bluejays' stunning mid-week loss to Boise State look more like an aberration.
Doug McDermott scored 18 of his 23 points in the first half, and Creighton rode a fast start to an 80-51 victory over the Hawks on Saturday.
Gregory Echenique added 16 points and six rebounds for the Bluejays (7-1), who played their best half of the season after a flat performance in 13-point loss to the Broncos three nights earlier.
"It showed a lot of maturity from our team," McDermott said. "We didn't get too down on ourselves. We knew a good team like Saint Joseph's was coming in here and we had to be ready. We sent the nation a statement by what we did, and we've got to continue that kind of play."
The Bluejays led 47-20 after breaking the game open with 12- and 13-point runs. They shot 57 percent, had assists on 13 of their first 17 field goals, and converted 10 turnovers into 16 points in the first half.